D'Amboise, who replaces Melanie Griffith as Roxie Hart, steps back into a role she has played on Broadway and on tour on several occasions. Rice succeeds Deidre Goodwin, who is now in the cast of Never Gonna Dance, as Velma Kelly. Also currently in the Chicago cast are P. J. Benjamin (Amos Hart), Camille Saviola (Matron "Mama" Morton), Brent Barrett (Billy Flynn) and D. Sabella (Mary Sunshine).
D'Amboise may be the most constant star presence the Kander and Ebb revival has had during its seven-year life. The Broadway production's Roxie was created by Ann Reinking, but d'Amboise kicked off the first national tour in early 1997. She also starred in the Los Angeles premiere of the revival. D'Amboise finally appeared in the Broadway staging on June 10, 1999. Return engagements began on March 23, 2000, and Sept. 17, 2002. The new stint will be her fourth in the show.
After starring in the Broadway company of Starlight Express, Reva Rice toured the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical throughout North America and also played a stint in London's West End. She later joined the U.S. tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe and played that revue in Japan as well. She was last on Broadway in Fosse.
Chicago won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Ken Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse.
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